Oct. 12, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Following an upsetting setback at Seton Hall, the Villanova volleyball team (10-8, 2-3 BIG EAST) dropped its third BIG EAST match of the season when St. John's overtook the Wildcats, 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 31-29, 25-22), Saturday night at the Carnesecca Arena.
"The team played hard tonight and we will have to execute better at home next week," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "The conference is really tough from top to bottom and I think road wins are going to be hard to come by."
Villanova falls to 10-8 on the season and 2-3 in the BIG EAST after the road swing, while St. John's improves to 13-8 and 2-3 in the conference.
After a dawdling start where Villanova dropped the first set, 19-25, the Wildcats rebounded to win the second set, 25-23.
Following the intermission, Villanova and St. John's would trade points throughout the third set. In the longest stanza of the entire season, the two schools went back-and-forth past the 25 point mark.
The Red Storm would take the set and swing the momentum their way after a 31-29 advantage. St. John's captured the match in the fourth stanza with a 25-22 victory.
Freshman Claire Crutchfield led the Wildcats with 15 kills, while Gabby Pethokoukis had 12 kills. Sophomore Lauren Carpenter had the most efficient match for Villanova with 14 kills on 37 attacks and hit .351 on the night.
Freshman Michaela Berendt finished with five kills and a career-high 10 blocks, which is the highest total amount of blocks for the Wildcats this season. Senior Carly Edwards came off the bench to total seven blocks on the evening.
The Wildcats will return to the Jake Nevin Field House next weekend for a showdown with the same teams they faced the past two nights. Villanova will battle St. John's Friday and Seton Hall Saturday. Both matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m.
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